The Checkup: The 5-Minute Meditation Routine for Better Sex

Meditation can be a hard sell, but one thing that’s sure to get plenty of people to close their eyes and follow their breath is the promise of better sex, which is exactly what meditation guru Emily Fletcher says is just one of the many benefits you can expect from the practice. Here, a five-minute meditation routine she says will improve your time between the sheets. [Well + Good] Read more »

The Checkup: The Leafy Green You Should Be Adding to Your Salads 

Sorrel: If you’ve never loaded a bunch of this leafy green into your grocery cart, you’re not alone. But you should probably start: One cup of this lemony leaf has 4 grams of fiber, three grams of protein and more potassium than a banana, blowing spinach, my personal pick for salads, out of the water. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »

The Checkup: How to Burn Way More Calories Without Ever Really Exercising

• Good news for all the gym haters of the world: There’s a little something called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, which encompasses everyday movements that aren’t necessarily considered exercise. Think: gesturing with your hands when you talk, tapping your foot while your work at your laptop, and taking a walking meeting. And get this: According to the brains behind it, upping NEAT can help folks burn up to 850 more calories in a day — without ever really exercising. [Fast Company] Read more »

Discover Hidden Wonders in Fairmount Park with This Guided Hiking Series

Fairmount Park Conservancy Hike | Photo via Facbooke

Hike in Fairmount Park | Photo via Facebook

When you think of Philadelphia, vibrant woodlands aren’t the first thing that comes to mind — but Philly is actually teeming with natural acres of forest that many locals fail to take advantage of. The Fairmount Park Conservancy hopes to change that with their Go Take a Hike! program, designed to help Philly residents discover the natural wonders hidden right in our backyard. Read more »

The Checkup: The Gross Reason You Shouldn’t Go to Bed with Wet Hair

• Going to bed freshly showered is like waking up on a Saturday morning and realizing you don’t have to go to the office: It just feels good. But turns out, going to bed with wet hair could be contributing to an uptick in dust mites — hello, asthma and sinus infections — and mold (gross!) in your pillow. [Health] Read more »

The Checkup: The Genius Way to Get the Last Bit of Peanut Butter Out of the Jar 

• Have you ever sprained your wrist twisting and turning a spoon trying to get the last bit of peanut butter out from the bottom of the jar? Don’t be embarrassed — we’ve all been there. But never again thanks to this genius hack — which works the peanut butter into hot chocolate! — to use the last unreachable bits of PB. Genius, I tell you! [Food52]
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The Checkup: Is Your Seltzer Addiction Destroying Your Teeth?

• The question: Is your seltzer addiction destroying your teeth? The answer: Maybe a little, but probably not. Turns out, carbonic acid (that’s the stuff that makes the water bubbly) can gradually wear down tooth enamel — but the acid is weak, so what kind of impact it could have on your teeth has a lot to do with other factors, like how much acid and sugar you consume on a regular basis. [The Atlantic] Read more »

The Science-Backed, No-Prescription-Needed Way to Reduce Pain

If the mental benefits of meditation (Adios, anxiety and depression!) haven’t been enough to get you on the “Breathe in, breathe out” bandwagon, this just might do the trick: A recent study, to be published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that meditation significantly reduced participants’ levels of both emotional pain and physical pain, TIME reports. So listen up, everyone whose whole body is still killing them after this week’s BeWOW workout!
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I Tried It: How I Convinced My Brain to Shut Up with Meditation

Yoga instructor and life coach Jennifer Schelter leads a meditation session | Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Yoga instructor and life coach Jennifer Schelter leads a meditation session | Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Nobody will blink if you declare that you’re carving out two nights a week for barre, because physical exercise is a means to a tangible end. If, however, you announce that you’re going to spend an hour each day sitting in silence, in non-Spandex clothing, in deep contemplation of nothing or, worse, of your essential you-ness, you’ll likely get some questioning stares. But there’s growing evidence that meditation can provide real, measurable benefits — better concentration, enhanced creativity, less agonizing over the small stuff.  Read more »

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